2019-09 MYTHYN Organic Botanical Alchemy

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Our Ingredients & Process

Each ingredient matters – and so does our process.
We believe in creating products with transparency on our ingredients & processes. 

MYTHYN products are formulated directly by us, and handmade in small batches in Bedfordshire UK with 100% natural ingredients only, organic as often as possible, and always cruelty-free. We prefer to work with local suppliers and follow a strict guideline for selecting our ingredients. No compromise is made in the process. We believe in operating with transparency, especially when making products that are personal. Learn below about our ingredients, their wonderful properties and uses.

If you have any question about the ingredients used in MYTHYN products, please contact us here.

Plant Based Oils & Butters

Luxurious plant oils & butters sourced sustainably and ethically, so that your self-care rituals do not cost the earth. We select our oils and butters for their wonderful & unique proterties, blending them together and with our other ingredients to soothe and moisturise the skin, helping it retain its wonderful natural abilities for longer.

Pure, high-quality (unrefined) & organic olive oil is the main ingredient in MYTHYN soap because it is naturally very nourishing for your skin, antioxidant rich, full of vitamin A and E and hypoallergenic.

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Coconut oil is easily one of my favourite ingredients and for good reason: it creates the most beautiful lather, it hardens the soap, it moisturises the skin and has a long shelf life. It helps as well that it smells divine raw.

By the way, I only use the highest, most beautiful coconut oil available. On its own, this oil is incredibly valuable and a start ingredient in MYTHYN products.

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Rapeseed oil has anti-inflammatory properties.  It is rich in antioxidants and omega 3, adding further moisturising properties to MYTHYN soaps.

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This beautiful, all-round wonder butter is one of my favourites. It is non-comedogenic (it doesn’t clog your pores), and makes for a great butter to use raw. At MYTHYN, you will find it in our soaps, giving them a luxurious, skin-nourishing quality.

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Castor oil helps MYTHYN soaps lather and acts as a humectant, drawing moisture to your skin.

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A beautiful luxurious oil with a chemical composition that closely resembles that of the skin’s natural sebum. Because of this, it is easily absorbed into the skin, protecting your skin barrier.

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A deeply nourishing and moisturising oil, hemp seed oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and encourages skin growth and new cell generation making it a wonderfully potent oil to calm inflammation and irritation on the skin. Using hemp seed oil was a no brainer for our wonderful Pure gentle soap bars.

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Cold pressed oil from unroasted Coffea Arabica beans. Rich in anti-oxidants (because the beans were not roasted), are rich sources of fatty acids and esters, which keep the skin well moisturized and nourished.

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Rasperry Seed oil is a superb anti-oxidant, extraordinarily high in Omega-3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. It contains 83% essential fatty acids and high levels of Vitamin E known to make this oil a potent contributor in skin repair and conditioning formulations.

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Although not as well-known as coconut oil for example, pumpkin seed oil helps in the skin retain moisture, fight free radicals and maintain a youthful appearance. With high amounts of zinc & vitamin E it improves the skin tone, and heal wounds more rapidly, making it a great ingredient in formulations designed to fight acne and help with skin renewal.

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We use rosemary extract to prevent oxidisation of our precious oils – it inhibits and fights free radicals to retain the potency of our freshly made products for longer, delivering their benefits for longer to you, all naturally.

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Pure Essential Oils

Essential oils are plant based extracts we use to add scent and aromatherapeutic benefits. Contrary to fragrances which are more commonly used essential oils are entirely natural, and leave no harmful toxins on your skin or in the air. MYTHYN products are formulated with sustainably sourced skin-safe essential oils.

Citrus Nobilis (also known as Citrus Reticulata)

Extracted from the peel of the mandarin orange, native to China. This sweet, zesty orange oil is used to increase circulation to the skin, reducing fluid retention and to help prevent stretch marks. Its aroma helps us create blends that relieve stress & act as a tonic.

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Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil Expressed

A concentrated oil extracted from the peel of oranges. Through distillation the turpenes are removed which make it safe for body care products that are left on the skin. We use this essential oil in our soap for its staying power, creating an aroma to relieve stress & act as a tonic.

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Citrus Bergamia

Oil extracted from the peel of the bergamot citrus fruit, known as an antiseptic and for reducing inflammation. Bergamot has a fresh, sweet and warm floral scent that helps us create energising and uplifting scent blends.

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Lavandula Angustifolia, (L. officinalis, L. vera)

French origin. Lavender essential oil is one of the safest oil for use in aromatherapy while also antiseptic . Lavender’s scent is a sweet, floral, and herbal scent with a balsamic undertone which helps us create blends to soothe and reduce stress.

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Pogostemum Patchouli /  Pogostemum Cablin

Oil extracted by steam distillation of the leaves of the patchouli plant. The benefits of this musky, earthy and exotic wonder oil are many. To name a few, it is antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrizant, and deodorant, helping us to create tonic & energising blends that protect the skin.

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Cananga Odorata Flower Oil

Oil extracted by steam distillation of the large, tropical ylang ylang tree’s flower petals. Considered an aphrodisiac, the benefits of this sweet, floral & exotic oil are many. It has a wonderfully balancing and stimulating effect on the skin, to correct sebum production, aiding skin healing. Its scent is used in aromatherapy to soothe and calm, helping us to create mood and skin healing blends for our DUSK natural soap & candle.

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Juniperus Virginiana

Essential oil extracted through the process of steam distillation from the wood pieces of the cedar wood tree. It offers anti-inflammatory properties as well as relieving tension.

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A beautiful mood-enhancing sweet & tart aroma that adds depth to our delicious noir scent blend.

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Oil extracted from the twigs and leaves of the trees by steam distillation. Its distinctly spicy, woody notes, create an uplifting scent in our Yuletide & Noir collections, uplifting the spirit.

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Clays & Minerals

Originating from the Himalayas, this is the purest salt there is making this a very valuable ingredient to detox, remineralize and purify the skin.

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Celtic French Sea Salts - MYTHYNPure grey-green salt sourced from the French Guerrande.

These organically grown and completely natural Celtic Sea Salts are farmed in an area rich in green clay which gives them their distinctive green-grey color naturally. This rich clay also adds multiple skin benefits to the salts: its unique blend of minerals makes it detoxifying because it absorbs toxins from your skin.

Farmed in salt marshes rich in green mineral clay and algae, it contains no impurities, and no additives, only the nutrient rich natural local salt farmed organically in the traditional method, protected from pollution and regulated.

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Epsom salt is a natural wonder ingredient for bath products. It helps your body to relieve pain and muscle cramps, relaxing you and detoxing your skin. It also exfoliates and softens the skin and is, therefore, a staple in MYTHYN bath formulations.

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Also known as baking soda, when added to our bath formulation for Mélusine, can help detox the body or relieve itching, irritation, or infections.

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Composed of the purest and highest concentration of Montmorillonite, with more than 97% of the total, this beautiful French Green Clay is very absorbent and used to draw out toxic substances and impurities from your skin.

Montmorillonite

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Kaolin

The mildest clay, kaolin does not draw oils from the skin and is rich in silicon and aluminum silicate. Used in our Dusk soothing soap bars, it is known to help with dryness, acne, rosacea, sun damage, skin rash and irritations, and to protect and nourish the skin.

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Illite

Red clay is conditioning and nourishing – it helps rebalance dry, flaky, or mature skin, reducing sensitivity and improving the skin’s texture and elasticity.

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Other Natural Ingredients

MYTHYN candles are made exclusively with Rapeseed Wax. That is because it is produced in Europe completely sustainably with no issues of intensive farming, deforestation or GMO presence unlike other natural alternatives such as Soy wax. The crops already serve to produce rapeseed oil and to feed animals, and have been traditionally used to protect the soil where they are cultivated. It is non-hazardous to both humans & wildlife and does not create toxins when burned.

Because it is produced closest to us than any of the other alternatives it also has the lowest carbon footprint.

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Oats and the milk we make from these oats is used in our soap to soothe the skin, relieving dryness and irritation, helping the skin retain moisture.

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The magic ingredient in Melusine. Spirulina Algae is incredibly rich in protein and nutrients which do wonder nourishing your skin and detoxifying it. Spirulina also gives Melusine’s vibrant green colour and earthy base scent which contrasts perfectly with the citrusy essential oils.

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Activated charcoal produced from coconut, with no artificial additives. Because it is very absorbant, it is ideal for cleansing the skin and gently removing toxins and oils, leaving the skin feeling smooth and detoxified without the use of any chemicals.

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Single origin, 100% Arabica, Speciality Coffee, free of harmful toxins. Caffeine has potent anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for reducing inflammation and redness in your skin. We use the coffee as a brew and the grinds inside our gorgeous Noir soap bars.

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No real soap bar is ever made without lye. Any product that claims to clean without it is actually detergent based which means it is harsh and likely to strip the skin of beneficial oils.

Also known as caustic soda, sodium hydroxide is first mixed with – traditionally, but it is fun to experiment with other liquids too – distilled water. This first mix is called lye. The lye then reacts with the fatty acids in oils and butters once mixed together, saponifying these ingredients through a chemical reaction and creating soap. Soap, contains saponified oils (no trace of lye left), glycerin to moisturise and water which is evaporated during the curing period. Once the soap has cured, it is tested and ready for use. MYTHYN soaps are super-fatted (they contain more oils & butters than are needed for saponification) to add extra moisturising properties.

Silk adds an incredibly luxurious feeling to bath, skin and cosmetics products, and in MYTHYN formulations, acts as a humectant meaning that it helps cosmetic products retain as well as supply moisture. While this ingredient means that our products are not vegan, MYTHYN sources cruelty-free silk only: the silk is extracted without killing the silkworm because the cocoon is collected after the moths naturally emerge.

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